Cleveland State wins inaugural Mat-Town Open II

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- Senior Nick Corba won the 184-pound title to help lead the Cleveland State University wrestling team to the team championship at the inaugural Mat-Town Open II Sunday inside Thomas Fieldhouse.

The Vikings posted 110.5 points to top the nine-team field, all of which were Division I schools.

"We had a lot of good matches, and I think the format of the tournament was set up nicely," head coach Ben Stehura said. "We still need to continue to improve though."

Corba had little trouble in securing the title at 184 pounds. He won there of his four matches with major-decision shutouts, with the only exception of the quartet coming against a teammate competing unattached. He began his day with an 11-0 victory over an opponent from Penn before topping a conference foe competing unattached, 10-0. After an 8-4 victory via decision in the semifinals, Corba won the title with an 8-0 victory over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent competing unattached.

Corba, who has won six matches in a row, improved to 18-6 on the season, with 13 of his victories being of the bonus-point variety.

Sophomore Evan Cheek and senior Nick Montgomery both posted runner-up finishes in the event.

Cheek began his day at 141 pounds with a 22-7 technical fall victory over a Eastern Wrestling League foe. He advanced to the finals with a 2-1 decision over an athlete from Pittsburgh before falling via decision in the finals. With his victories, Cheek improved his team-leading win total to 20 this season. He is now 11-0 in matches that end with a fall or technical fall.

Montgomery went 3-1 on the day to take second place at 149 pounds. He picked up a win via fall in less than one minute and also posted a 17-1 technical fall victory. Montgomery's final win was a 10-9 decision over an opponent from Penn. Montgomery moved his season record at 149 to 12-9, including a 6-1 mark in matches ending in pins.

Freshman Devon Pingel defeated every opponent he faced Sunday at 174 pounds in posting a 4-1 mark and a third-place finish. After a six-point win in his opening match, Pingel dropped his quarterfinal bout by a single point. He fought back with a win by fall in his first consolation match before winning again by six points to reach the consolation final. In the third-place match, he took down the athlete that had beaten him in the quarterfinals. Pingel now owns 17 wins on the season.

Redshirt freshman Ryan Montgomery won three matches on the day, including a win by fall and a 3-1 decision over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent. He finished fourth at 157 pounds.

True freshman Michael Furbee dropped his opening match of the day but battled back to win each of his next two bouts, including claiming a second-period pin, the first win by fall of his collegiate career. He would finish fourth at heavyweight.

Redshirt sophomore Andrew Coghill posted a 2-1 record at 133 pounds to finish third. True freshmen Spencer Dusi (133) and Collin Kelly (197) both picked up wins by fall on the day as well.

Cleveland State will conclude EWL action this coming weekend with duals Friday at Edinboro and Sunday at home vs. Clarion.


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